Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor

Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction by the French in 1687. With the completion in Fall 2015 of the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan now is a year-round destination for visitors to explore the nearly five centuries of artistic, archeological, cultural and historical artifacts, including works from many contemporary Native artists. In addition to the nearly 3,000 square feet of interactive gallery space with 15 exhibits, there is also a 10-foot scale model of the full-size bark longhouse replica, open on the site from May 1-Oct. 31. The Center also includes an orientation theater, two classrooms, and a multi-purpose auditorium with flexible, roll-out theater seating and sprung floor.

Outdoors, visitors can enjoy self-guided tours through beauifully-marked trails on the Site's 500+ acres.

Ganondagan also acts as a resource for students and educators about the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, and its message of peace. Every summer, Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival brings more than 4,000 people from all over the world. Friends of Ganondagan hosts the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day and presents lectures, workshops, and programming reflecting the vibrancy of a living culture and ensuring a sustainable future. Visit www.ganondagan.org
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  • This place called Ganondagan Historic Site contains a main building which serves as a museum and outdoor grounds with a Native longhouse and also trails. It is an excellent place to see a video and to...  more »
  • We went on a warm day in May and it was a very interesting and informative experience. It was great to learn about so much that happened right here in Victor. History can be boring however when you ac...  more »
  • Visited with family who had never been here but had been recommended by others to do so. It was very interesting, the film at the beginning which helps with the orientation is really good. Plenty of a...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum. The longhouse was really cool. The museum staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly. A great place to go to hike and be at peace with nature.
  • Great place for a quick hike. Trails are well maintained, well marked, and you can learn things about the Native American history of the area
  • The new visitor center is great. I learned a lot about our local history.
  • Really wonderful stroll through history here. The new Seneca cultural center is amazing with a wealth of artifacts from the Seneca from the 1500's right up to today. Take a stroll around the beautiful trails which are full of historical signs showing the areas where the French and Seneca fought in the 1600's.
  • Well worth a day spent learning about our native tradition

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